Critical Introduction

Stevenson said that every book is a circular letter to the friends of him who wrote it. TRAVELS WITH A DONKEY IN THE CEVENNES takes much of its merit from the warm-hearted spirit of Stevenson himself. Throughout the narrative the reader is led by Stevenson’s voice as if Stevenson were talking in the same room for the enjoyment of his reader. More vivid than either his account of the people or his account of the history made in the Cevennes is Stevenson’s way of describing the countryside and its variations in mood.